America needs leaders. Desperately.
It needs leaders who understand the dignity of the human person, the sanctity of life, and role of faith in shaping the social order.
It also needs leaders who understand both natural law and divine law, who have been schooled in the virtues, and formed in the truth.
And it needs leaders with practical competence who are capable of making the hard choices, doing the right thing, and sacrificing themselves for the good of others and the nation.
It doesn’t, however, just need those leaders in Washington. It needs them everywhere, in every walk of life, transforming both Church and culture as doctors and lawyers, journalists and corporate executives, artists and academics. That is the unique vocation of the laity: to transform the social order from within, to be salt and light and leaven in the world.
Through the Center
for Leadership, Franciscan University of Steubenville is committed to
raising up a new generation of Catholic leaders who can do just that,
recognizing as its former president, Father Michael Scanlan, TOR, once
asked, “If Franciscan University doesn’t produce leaders for tomorrow,
Founded in 2011, the
center seeks to equip a select group of Franciscan undergraduate
students for the unique challenges of leadership in the 21st century.
from a broad cross-section of academic majors, the program offers
formation in the principles of effective leadership, the virtues,
Catholic social teaching, the philosophy of the human person, and
America’s founding principles. It also offers practical training in the
skills necessary for exercising life-long Christian leadership in the
The Center for Leadership does that through a combination of study, mentoring relationships, and real world experience.
their freshman year, students come together weekly for guided
discussions based on texts critical to understanding and living the lay
They also are required
to step out of the classroom and exercise leadership on campus through
becoming involved in at least one co-curricular activity of their
choosing (student clubs, household life, campus ministry, missions,
Throughout their four years
in the program, students participate in special events, such as a trip
to Washington, D.C., to meet with national leaders and exclusive dinners
with distinguished speakers who come to campus to address the
work closely with their academic advisor and Center for Leadership staff
to chart out their studies and co-curricular activities in the way that
best serves their academic and career goals.
their junior and senior years, they’ll be connected with distinguished
Franciscan friends and alumni already exercising leadership in the
Church and culture. Through these mentoring relationships, students will
receive guidance, insight, and possible opportunities for internships
in their field of interest.
The flexible schedule allows students to study abroad for a semester at the University’s campus in Gaming, Austria.
participating in the four-year program receive a leadership
scholarship* each year to help offset the cost of their tuition and
*Except those already receiving full-tuition scholarships or benefits.
their senior year in high school, a select group of students are
invited to participate in the program for the fall semester of their
freshman year. Invitees are selected based upon their high school
achievements and leadership potential. Similar criteria are also used to
evaluate those freshmen who apply for the program’s spring section.
Students meeting the program’s requirements and standards are welcome to participate throughout their time at Franciscan.